Fire & Aviation

Star Valley Ranch Community becoming Firewise in Wyoming

Wood and branches stacked on the side of the road.The town of Star Valley Ranch was the first incorporated town in the state of Wyoming to receive Firewise community status. The community had a goal to become a Firewise adapted community. One of the first steps in becoming a Firewise community was doing a Firewise assessment. Read the entire story

Emergency Medical Short-Haul Program

Photo of a medic looking up while being hoisted.Emergency Medical Short-Haul is used to get emergency medical care to the seriously injured and respond to life threatening injures that happen in the field. With insertion and extraction options, it is an effective method to get help in and the injured out of places that are normally inaccessible. Read the entire story

Wildfire Season 2017 Outlook

Aerial photo of a scooper plane dropping water on a fire.Overall, we expect a Normal fire season in most areas, but Below Normal for much of the higher terrain with above average snowpack. By July onwards, Above Normal Fire Potential is expected for Northern Nevada, which could extend further east. This will be evaluated in future outlooks. Read the Seasonal Outlook Summary for the Region.

Thirteen Day Wildland Fire North American Study Tour 2016

Photo of three men in a discussion on the edge of a meadow.Wildland Fire Managers from Australia and New Zealand visited Region 4 in September on a study tour.  Many important tools and technologies have been adopted based on information gained on these study tours, including the use of the Incident Command System in Australia and New Zealand, the exchange of research, and emergency operational assistance during severe fire seasons among the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Learn more about the 2016 study tour.

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Features

Hazardous Fuels Reduction

What is Hazardous Fuels Reduction?
Hazardous fuels are overgrown shrubs, grasses and dead or downed trees that can lead to more intense wildland fires. Hazardous fuels reduction is a program that allows managers to cooperate with states, counties and other federal agencies to reduce the risk of uncharacteristic wildland fires in the wildland urban interface, where homes meet the forest.


Region 4 Fire Hire

Photo of a firefighting crew hiking on a trail.

The Intermountain Region Fire Hire program has been implemented to streamline the hiring process for hiring permanent full time and permanent part time fire positions at the GS4 - GS9 levels, and allow for more consistent hiring around the Region. This change of the hiring process is in response to a continual vacancy situation that all national forests in the Intermountain Region currently face. The unique feature of this process is the ability to immediately backfill positions that have been vacated during the fire hiring process. This is not for summer seasonal temporary positions. All positions filled during Fire Hire require a minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience. To apply go to USAJOBS.gov, for a tutorial on how to apply go Application How To.

Spotlights

State Cooperative Fire Master Agreements

Annual State Cooperative Fire Operating Plans and supporting documents for each of the States within the Intermountain Region.

Wildfire Decision Support

The Chief of the Forest Service and the Regional Forester have provided specific intent for fire managers and agency administrators for the 2011 fire season.

 




Fire Business Management (FBM)

FBM is a working committee that develops guidelines and procedures, which are in line with MOU's and other federal and state agreements, for emergency incidents within the Region.